I was at my lowest point on earth at the actual lowest point on earth. Okay- this is an exaggeration, but it was brutal.
Jerusalem might be a large melting pot of worldwide religions, but Judaism does stand out as the majority, making up 76% of the population. Therefore, even visitors who aren’t Jewish may find themselves learning about Judaism, trying some challah bread, or visiting one of the best Holocaust museums in the world.
If you know his style, it’s fairly easy to spot the work of Banksy scattered at the checkpoint into Bethlehem. If you don’t know it, the Walled Off Hotel– a pun from the Waldorf-Astoria- is an immediate giveaway. This is the starting point of a Banksy-heavy area that is continually updated with layers of paint on the checkpoint wall. A five-minute walk will cover numerous works, along with the murals of other street artists.
There is no such thing as downhill in Jerusalem. The entire city is uphill- it seems that way, anyway. While it is not overly large, the steep climbs on slippery stones quickly create glutes of steel. So, it’s best to get savvy with some public transportation.
After hours of online searching, I found Elijah Tours for a 1-day Bethlehem/ Dead Sea tour. They were the most affordable with the best time options, so I went with it. Here is how our very impressive day went: